January 2, 2012 Subject:
Betty Boop cartoon or Louis Armstrong video?
A Betty Boop adventure set to Louis Armstrong sound track, and there can´t be that much film still existing of Louis Armstrong performing from this time. So definitely worth coming here to watch because it´s most unlikely to get a TV airing. This and a few other BB cartoons do reflect 1930´s racial attitudes and right or wrong, its important to keep them on record. (And some things haven´t changed that much, black and white popular music still tends to be segregated, you will find "Black music" filed in separate racks in many record shops).
May 20, 2011 Subject:
Splu Sokko & Her Flying Robot Squirrel
I had a dream that there was a series in the 1870's with a Phillipine girl named Splu Sokko, about 24 or 26 & she had a shiny golden talking flute she could summon a Giant Flying Squirrel, or sometimes maybe it was a piehead dragon, to complete all her overdue term papers;
this rly pist off the Robot Squirrel especially & he'd end each episode by saying" I'll be glad when you're dead, you little %^$$%^&" then he's chew the wires in her ATV like a complete douche
anyway, i hope someone can locate those & post them because my dreams are rly not that incredibly reliable!!!
May 17, 2011 Subject:
"Ill be Glad when you're Dead you Rascal You"
I find these cartoons, especially the ones featuring popular black jazz artists and bands of the day, are absolute priceless gems and windows into our past. It may be difficult for anyone not having gone through the late 1800's and into the 1930's and/or having spoken with those who lived through such or studied extensively to know the destitution, squalor, pain, misery Americans and many worldwide suffered through. In terms of the artform of cartooning, these are barbaric by today's standards but there was a great deal of hard work put together by people who really had the intent of lifting the spirits of their fellow men.
I am happy this site exists and that these works are preserved. Not only for the history but also for a good goofy bellylaugh at the absurdity of much of this stuff. Makes the material made today, mostly by computers to a slick corporate cookie cutter mandates, look totally pretentious, done strictly for the money. Whereas these ones from the 20's have a lot of love in them from my viewpoint and understanding just by watching them here on this site.
Thank you for having these great works available to the general public.
February 20, 2011 Subject:
Louis & Some Interesting Cartooning
This was made 80 years ago; 80 years from now, in 2091, people will see prejudice and crudeness in today's films that we barely have an inkling of right now. Like some of the previous comments point out, this was somewhat progressive for its time. Never mind reading our advanced 21st century perspective back on the 1930's. Just objectively note how we were "then," enjoy the cartoon in all it's "then-ness," and move on to what comes next.
This was at a time when white performers were doing all the voices. If there was a black character on the screen a white actor was voicing him. If there was a song made famous by a black musician, then the toons used a white cover. The Fleischer brothers were the first ones to celebrate black jazz makers on screen. Cab Colloway, Louis Armstrong and others were seen by general audiences for the first time working these cartoons. If the stereotypes were easier to draw (like women with big breast were easier) then that happened. But this was the first time white kids were seeing and hearing these great performers.
August 12, 2010 Subject:
What the Fleischer brothers gave to the USA
This is a great cartoon! It does reflect racist modes of thought of the age, but:
The Fleischer brothers were not racists! Although they include the sadly expected racial lampooning in some of their cartoons, they also insert sly counter-type bits in their works. They were friends and promoters of black music and brought the unsophisticated and often rural white public what was many times their first exposure the the works of Calloway and Armstrong! The old folks may have been ready to laugh at the extreme stereotypes, but their kids heard the magnificent music and they loved it!
If I were President (HA!) the White house would have statues of the three great American artists, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and James Brown!
October 18, 2008 Subject:
I agree with Gman...
I hate the racial stereotypes (especially how they superimpose that on the real musicians...)
And - sadly - the racial stereotyping here is benign compared to some Warner Bros.,and MGM cartoons.
But the reason to watch it - Louis!!
June 16, 2008 Subject:
STOP THE WALLOWING
Puleeeze get down off the soapbox ....it's just a cartoon. In the cartoons the Irish are still shown as drunken bums ,,,The Italians are still shown as ignorant peasants ...the Polish are still pshown as less than intelligent ...and lest not leave out all those buxom women in the cartoons ...lest leave racism out of it and review on the fact that it's a cartoon. Not unlike any other political satire of a time when people just couldn't get along. It's not gonna change unless people change ...get down off your soapboxes and prove them wrong ...do something different then just rant and rave. More opportunities are offered today than anytime in history. like Hortense, go to college see who gets in first nowadays ...based on race alone
Get help. We don’t live in 1972 (I was 20 ‘yarold.)
Downloaded 25,798 times. U think that it was done by the KKK?
Wake up. All the kids in Iraq be Gangsta.
In some way, RUN DMC, where like Gandhi.
This late in life, you should take 1 college course and listen.
Real Old School gangbanger
April 7, 2008 Subject:
Racism in our Culture
Many of us keep within the boundaries of the stereotypical roles given to us because of gender, race, etc. How many people compromise due to ignorance, or even survival? Even though a person may compromise his dignity, doesn't mean we should keep silent. We need to always keep raising each other up by educating.
This 'toon did bum me out! To see my Louie that way! But hey, I've done alot of 'shufflin' ' myself in different siutations as a woman. Glad there was no camera on me. Anyway, I'm sure it wasn't as cool as old dear Louie!
Nope, it's not hard to call this racist. What makes you think that media back in the day was so much different than our media today? Still racist, different continent, objectifying a different culture. And besides, just because it was more socially acceptable to be completely racist in the past doesn't mean it was ever right. Slavery was (is?) accepted and that wasn't right, was it?
I love Betty Boop, but this one was really to much. I do agree that it should be preserved, not as a nostalgic remembrance of "those times" but to illustrate the acceptance of obnoxious and disgusting ideals and images. It's not like much has changed, watch Disney's Alladin or that tv show Aliens in America.
Reviewer:Al W. -
March 24, 2008 Subject:
It's hard to call things like this racist when the prevailing sentiment of the times was that it was OK. There are so many old films that contain things that we as modern people find offensive, but I'll contend that they need to stay and preserve the feelings of the time. And I'll add, this song really swings. The black performers of the 30's really knew how to play great music and given that the times were what they were, this is one of the few venues we have that preserve that part of history.
February 17, 2008 Subject:
who knows, - maybe they all just felt alright about them that time. maybe that was louis armstrong himself who generated the idea. maybe there are no racial stereotypes at all, taking into account the cartoon was created in 1932. if so, then why don't you just keep enjoying the film? it's quite funny after all.
December 28, 2006 Subject:
Great song, hard to watch
It's a great song. It's hard to watch though, because of the way they juxtapose Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra with such racial stereotypes. It just doesn't seem right to have them portrayed that way. I can't help wondering how Armstrong felt about being portrayed that way. Still it's a gem to watch solely for the song. Love the song.
March 18, 2006 Subject:
ditto little nemo
no genius sequences, but a lovely little number about louis being glad when some chaps dead. worth a peek if you like the louis
September 24, 2005 Subject:
Three tunes by Louis Armstrong and his orchestra - "High Society", "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You", and a bit of "Chinatown".
It brings pleasure to the ears as well as the eyes.
Contains unfortunate racial caricatures cross-dissolving over not only men (which is bad enough) but one of the greatest musicians in history.
Otherwise, this cartoon realy swings and Armstrong's music is what drives its positive virtues to the fore.
This was the first time I wondered when viewing this, did KoKo really mess with the chief's wife?
My favorite line:
"You bought my wife a coca-cola
SO you could play on her victrola.."
Reviewer:judeblack, bbc -
May 18, 2005 Subject:
Why Should You Watch This?
One word, brothers and sisters, one word: SATCHMO!
all pre-code Betty Boops are worthy seeing.
this features...um, a giant disembodied Louis Armstrong head chasing Bimbo and Koko.
warning: racial stereotypes on display.
Satch footage always good though.